An HVAC helper is a technician who works with seasoned HVAC technicians while they perform the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

HVAC helpers typically have less experience and training than professional HVAC technicians, but they remain an important part of quality HVAC service.

Which Tasks Can HVAC Helpers Do?

HVAC helpers are responsible for a wide range of tasks, including:

  • Carrying and loading equipment and materials
  • Cleaning and preparing job sites
  • Assisting with the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment

They may also be responsible for performing basic tests and checks on HVAC systems to ensure they are functioning properly.

What Do I Need to Become an HVAC Helper?

To start as an HVAC helper, the first step should be finishing a job training program or an apprenticeship. Completing either may take several months to a year, and should provide hands-on training in the installation and maintenance of HVAC systems. Many programs extend classes to cover related subjects, such as electrical theory and safety practices.

As soon as they complete a training or apprenticeship program, HVAC helpers can then receive certification from a known organization, like the HVAC Excellence or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. These certifications typically require passing an exam and may require a specific amount of work experience or continuing education credits.

How Much Does an HVAC Helper Make?

The amount of money that an HVAC helper can earn usually depends on their level of experience, the region where they work and the specific company they're working for.

As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, typical starting wage for HVAC helpers hovers around $37,000, though a few HVAC helpers may have an opportunity to earn more. With experience and more training programs, HVAC helpers can transition to becoming fully certified HVAC technicians, which typically earn higher salaries.

All in all,, an HVAC helper is an important member of a heating and cooling team, ensuring professional installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. After training and education programs are complete, an HVAC helper can become a valuable and well-paid member of the HVAC industry.